It Wasn’t Pretty – We’ve Let The Fans Down – But We Have Spirit


In the last five games since we were demolished by Southampton 4-0 on the south coast, it’s been hard to fault our players, who have played their hearts out – and maybe we have lacked some skill and some class, but the effort has been there – and quite honestly that has been good to see.

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Alan Pardew – we have spirit

If we can keep fighting our way out of the mess we are in at the moment, then that’s all to the good, but Newcastle must put plans together to strengthen the squad in January, because we didn’t do enough of that in the summer, and our squad at present is too weak.

And our first win of the season was never going to be pretty – we knew that –  and Alan Pardew said after the game, there’s just too much tension with the players.

And Alan Shearer was right when he said last week that Saturday’s game was a game in which the result (and a win) was the only thing that mattered.

The lads delivered the goods on Saturday.

And it’s not like we expected what Bobby Robson and the team managed to do 15 years ago, when we played our eighth league game, and we didn’t have a win and we had only one solitary point – and then the lads utterly demolished Sheffield Wednesday 8-0.

We neither have the players nor the manager today that we had back in 1999 – when a certain Alan Shearer scored five in that game – and we were 5-0 up at half time and the lads were applauded off the field at the break.

Sir Bobby also proved his maths weren’t that great when he famously said after the game – ¨Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that” 😀

This is what Alan Pardew said after Saturday’s game – most of which is true:

“We had a performance that encapsulated the spirit we had in the dressing room, the spirit we had to win.¨

“Sometimes it wasn’t pretty but we are playing under real high pressure at the moment, but we delivered it and very proud of the players.”

“On behalf of them I just want to say that was for the fans.”  ¨I hope the fans understand.¨ “We know we have let them down with results and hopefully tonight they can have a very good night.¨

“I hope our fans understand that we are perhaps not as great as we should be but the confidence of a win will help us.”

We’re in a fight to stay in the Premier league this season, and the more wins we can get the better things will be, so we’ll just see how we can perform against the next two opponents in the league – Tottenham and Liverpool. 🙁

Liverpool didn’t look too great today against QPR,  and the London side should have been able to take something out of the game that saw four goals scored after 87 minutes, but when you are struggling – nothing seems to go right for you – as QPR found out.

Next up for the lads is a good Tottenham Hotspur side a week today, and that will not be easy – although we did win last season’s encounter 1-0.

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12 comments so far

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Oct 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Two points or more from the next two will be an over achievement – so I guess that would be worth celebrating if it happens? Would’ve been better to have the bindippers this week after they get mauled by Real.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    ^ You’d better not be bringing ye olde Ebola with you if you’re coming via Africa mate…

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  • banjax

    Oct 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #3

    All of a sudden, our first win since last May seems to have quietened the calls for Pardew to resign. If this is how it is going, then Newcastle’s days in the Premiership are numbered. What is it going to be Mr Ashley- wait for another 3 defeats before action is taken. Having seen the opposition we have lost and drawn with, only Man City were truly class, the rest were winnable. God help us with Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, et al. Nothing is fixed at Newcastle this weekend win was just plaster over the very large cracks !

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #4

    banjax

    3 points and pr machine that’s been churning out crap have made the fans feel sorry for pards

    on the other hand most like me cant be arsed to comment on the man

    but I have been reading on here some bizzare pro pards comments on here
    people really think it could get worse if we sacked him
    what could get religated
    given the form over the last 11 months we heading that way with him here

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #5

    “Sometimes it wasn’t pretty but we are playing under real high pressure at the moment, but we delivered it and very proud of the players.”

    What a prat. We have very very rarely played anything other than clueless, ugly football as a team, and the other times could be put down to sheer probability and chance.

    You delivered more disjointed football and nicked a goal, Alan, amongst a sea of mega turd results and performances. That is standard for you. Imbecile.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Banjax, our form over the last 10 months says we are going down unless there is a major shake-up in the Manager; The Coaching Staff; The Playing Staff – or all three. The owner wont be moving, for sure.

    The “Status Quo” (Not the Group) cannot be allowed to continue, something has to be done, very quickly, to turn this shambles around and the easiest, quickest, cheapest way to improve our squad is to remove P45DUE and the coaching staff.

    It may not be what the “Pro-Pardew” lobby want to hear, but our form since December 2013 has been catastrophic – if we continue as we have been, we will be in Championship next season.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #7

    My own thoughts are in brackets.

    Alan Pardew joked with owner Mike Ashley about the ‘cheap telly’ which threatened to postpone the game, but they both knew that the subsequent victory had been priceless.

    Ashley made his first visit to the home dressing-room in more than four years to congratulate his manager and players and, as he returned to the chairman’s suite, remarked: ‘That was a relief’.

    Pardew, too, had used the word ‘relief’, as did every Newcastle player who emerged to speak to the press.

    The game was delayed by an hour after a problem with the new electrical scoreboard at St James’ Park +7
    The game was delayed by an hour after a problem with the new electrical scoreboard at St James’ Park

    And there was relief on a bizarre afternoon at St James’ Park; relief that the club’s new giant screen which became dislodged before the match did not force its cancellation and instead delayed kick-off by an hour, relief at a first win of the Premier League season and relief at Gabriel Obertan’s first top-flight goal in more than two-and-a-half years.

    Pardew, though, took even more satisfaction from the post-match appearance of his paymaster, further reinforcing the support he has shown during the team’s recent toil.

    ‘It was a surprise – we didn’t expect to see him,’ said Pardew.

    ‘I teased him about the cheap telly and he took that in good spirits. We all had a bit of a laugh about it.

    (I’m surprised he didn’t sack you on the spot king. That telly cost £30m don’t ya know.)

    ‘But he spent about 10 minutes congratulating everyone. If anyone has ever doubted his commitment you saw it there. He was as happy as any fan at the win.

    (Magscar. This is what I was on about. Fatty is most definitely NOT a fan. Arse licking by the king I’m afraid. And as for his commitment! Well that leaves a lot to be desired does it not. He didn’t have to say that did he, that’s my point. Just a “yeah he turned up and thanked the lads” something along those lines but no, he goes full on burrowing up fatty’s jap eye. Creeping twat.)

    ‘That is the first time since I have been here that he has been in the dressing-room straight after the game. It shows what that result meant to him.

    It shows how desperate he wants us to stay in the prem to advertise his tat shop and that’s about it.

    Fcuking fat slug and your a slimey kunt king.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry about the super long post. That was from the mail by the way.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #9
  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Average, good post. I like reading those paragraph by paragraph analysis summaries of his comments which you do.

    He’s an absolute slime-ball. You’d think we’d just got to the mark of a 10th win in a row with all the back-slapping going on.

    No doubt that is another PR nudge from Bishop for Ashley to go and show solidarity to his puppet which Pardunce could obviously highlight in the interviews after.

    ‘Laughing’ it off subliminally telling you that things are calm and friendly at the club.

    We’ve scraped a result against a poor newly promoted team at home. That is all.

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  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Oct 20, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon Tang I live in New Zealand. No Ebola as of yet. Would you be happy if Pardew got a “slight case of Ebola”?

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Oct 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #12

    “It wasn’t pretty”

    ED – You can’t talk about Obertan like that!

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